Post-Doctoral Position on Climate Change Impacts on Northern Ecosystems

FG IV Scientific / Technical Project Officer

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service. The Joint Research Centre’s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.
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The Climate Risk Management Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is looking for a researcher to assess the impact of the accelerated warming in the Arctic and Boreal regions on the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.
The successful candidate will contribute to the analysis of multiple datasets from surface/satellite observations and atmospheric inverse modelling to quantify the recent changes in ecosystem productivity and carbon budget in response to climate change. In addition, the researcher will contribute to the analysis of model ensembles (e.g. TRENDY, ISI-MIP, LUCID) and to the application of a land surface model (Community Land Model) to characterize the future climate impacts on the terrestrial greenhouse gas budgets, the primary productivity and the structural properties of terrestrial ecosystems at the northern latitudes.
The activity will relate to the FP7 project ICE-ARC (, Work-Package 2, and focus on the validation and improvement of modelling capabilities in the Arctic/Boreal regions and on reducing uncertainties in the simulation of climate impacts on land surface processes. The scientist will also deal with the interactions and networking with the project partners and with the documentation of the project results.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in the fields of environmental physics, climatology, agriculture, forestry, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, ecosystem modelling or related field (or a University degree and 3 years of research experience after the university degree giving access to doctoral studies).
Experience in the field of remote sensing of vegetation, climate and land surface modelling, ecosystem biogeochemistry or plant ecology is an asset.

Institute/ Directorate Unit: Institute for Environment and Sustainability Climate Risk Management

Indicative duration:12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years

JRC Site: Ispora

Country: Italy

Rules and eligibility: The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:
Auxiliary contract staff:
Please note that due to the high number of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 24th March 2016

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